MATH 1214 Course Page

MATH 1214 Preparation for Calculus is a three-credit course designed as preparation for MATH 1225 Calculus of a Single Variable. Topics covered are linear equations, polynomials, relations and functions, rational functions, quadratic equations, radicals and functions with rational exponents, exponentials, logarithms, trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities.

Text for CRNs 17200, 17202, 17204: PreCalculus, by Julie Miller and Donna Gerken (2nd edition) with ALEKS access.

Text for CRNs 17199, 17201: Precalculus - Pathways to Precalculus: A Problem-Solving Approach, by Carlson, O'Bryan, Oehrtman, and Moore

Prerequisites:  2 units of high school algebra, 1 unit of geometry, 1 unit each of trigonometry and precalculus and placement by Math Department.

Download the Complete Syllabus with Problem Assignments for sections using Precalculus (PDF)

Download the Complete Syllabus with Problem Assignments for sections using Pathways to Precalculus (PDF)

Section Topic
1.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System
1.3 Functions and Relations
1.4 Linear Equations in Two Variables and Linear Functions
1.5 Applictions of Linear Equations and Modeling
1.6 Transformations of Graphs
1.7 Analyzing Graphs of Function and Piecewise Defined Functions
1.8 Algebra of Functions and Function Composition
Section Topic
2.2 Introduction to Polynomial Functions
2.3 Division of Polynomials and the Remainder & Factor Theorems
2.5 Introduction to Rational Functions
2.6 Graphs of Rational Functions
3.1 Inverse Functions
3.2 Exponential Functions
3.3 Logarithmic Functions
3.4 Properties of Logarithmic Functions
3.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Applications
Section Topic
4.1 Angles and Their Measure
4.2 Trigonometric Functions Defined on the Unit Circle
4.3 Right Triangle Trigonometry
4.4 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle
4.5 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions
4.6 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions
4.7 Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Section Topic
5.1 Fundamental Trigonometric Identities
5.5 Trigonometric Equations

MATH 1214 has 3 common-time midterms and a common final exam

The 3 midterm exams are administered in person outside of regular class time.

• The midterm exams are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, and they consist of both free response and multiple choice questions.
• All midterm exams should be completed without a textbook or any other course materials including a calculator.

Students who need accommodations or have scheduling conflicts should contact their instructor.  The makeup exam policy can be found on your instructor's course policy sheet.

Exam Date Time
Exam 1    Wednesday, February 14, 2024
7-8:15 pm
Exam 2 Wednesday, March 27, 2024  7-8:15 pm
Exam 3 Monday, April 22, 2023  7-8:15 pm

These are the rooms for Tests 1-3

Instructor Room
Greco WLH 330
Hicks SURGE 103A
Silber WLH 340
Walker WLH 350
Accommodations Room MCB 230
Schedule Conflict Room WLH 335

Test rooms for the final exam are assigned by the registrar's office and may be different.

The final exam is a Common Time Exam and consists of two parts:

1. Common Exam
This test is a multiple choice exam taken by all sections of MATH 1214.
2. Free Response Exam
Your instructor will give you information on what to expect for the second portion of the exam.

Note:

• The final exam time is fixed and will not be rescheduled for discretionary reasons, including conflicts with work schedules or exams for classes at other colleges.
• If there is a conflict with the final in another class, follow the procedures proposed by your college to reschedule an exam.  Exams of courses that have a common-time final have priority and the exam for the other course should be rescheduled.

Check the timetable or your instructor's Canvas course site for the date and time of the final exam.

See the Timetable of classes for information on current offerings of MATH 1214.

The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:

“As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.”

Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not excuse any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code.

If you need extra help with course materials:

Trigonometry:

• The Units on Trigonometry from the Math 1014 on-line materials  provide a detailed review of the trigonometry necessary for Math 1214.

Algebra:

If you are currently enrolled in MATH 1214, you can contact your instructor through your Canvas course website.

If you have any general questions or concerns about MATH 1214, you can email the course coordinators at 1214coordinator@math.vt.edu.